Despite gloomy predictions for the future of leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean, an ongoing, long-standing collaboration between a marine turtle expert (Dr. Manjula Tiwari) at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center and local scientists in Papua, Indonesia, might be the path forward to help researchers understand how to prevent a critical nesting population from going extinct. For more details about this project, read the entire article posted on the NOAA Fisheries Service website.
To learn more about other marine turtle research projects at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, please visit our Marine Turtle Research Program website.
Indonesian monitoring team measuring leatherback sea turtle. Photo by Manjula Tiwari.